Unlike the last time around in Iraq, France has joined the United States in its new mission to destroy the Islamic State militants. French planes carried out a strike against an ISIS “logisitics depot” on Friday morning, President Francois Hollande said in a statement. “The objective was hit and entirely destroyed.” He also promised more aerial attacks soon.
The French, however, are drawing the line at Syria, Hollande said. The New York Times reports that “French officials have made it clear that the government does not want to give the impression that it supports the Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad.”
The U.S. is pleased nonetheless as it attempts to build an international coalition to take on the brutal group. “The French were our very first ally,” said General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “and they are there again for us.”